Alexis de Vilar says the film copies his 1987 novel Goodbye, Barcelona. Manel Haro points out that the book was not, as Alexis claims, registered with the Ministry of Culture (to indicate publication) in 1987, but in October 2008, a month after the film was released here. Alexis claims inter alia to have survived an assassination attempt by Paramount for refusing to sell them some intellectual property, and the rest of the site makes for ahem interesting reading. So is he actually a great writer who just happens not to be able to spell Hemingway and whose evil Jew (surely not Mr Allen!) is introduced in Chap I for serious dramatic purpose? Or is he just another a publicity-craving, paranoid wingnut? I hope the latter–some company would be nice.
- Consum vs Conssum
Trademark theft to liven up the Spanish fruit and veg price-war?
- More on the hack attack: Adolfo Daine/adol77dai51, Manchurian candidate?
More on the hacker who briefly brought baldie enterprises to a shuddering halt the other day. The problem is now fixed and I haven’t got time to investigate properly, but I no longer have any reason to believe that the attack was purely permissions-based, exploiting the tendency of most of us to 777 /wp-content/ directories. Instead this …
- Class justice
Upper-class judges in London safeguarding access to their new, cheap servant class and to their Tuscan holiday homes and in Madrid trying to frustrate publication of information about footballers’ tax evasion: surely the new right and the old left can forget their differences on this one. Ahem.
— I haven’t brought the component I need. I’ll come back tomorrow, but I’ll bill you now for today.
— But you haven’t done anything.
— Sorry, company policy.
— OK, give me the bad news.
— Right, that’s 20€ travel and one hour’s labour @ 35€, 55€ plus VAT.
— But you’ve only been …